HIMSS14 has yielded hundreds of announcements on new initiatives from the 1,200 vendors exhibiting at the show. Heres a sample:
Deloitte Consulting unveiled ConvergeHEALTH, a new business unit that is part of an investment of $150-$200 million in health care and life sciences data analytics. The unit brings together the companys analytics products and consulting services. Initial priorities are clinical and operational optimization, value-based care, personalized genomic medicine, comparative effectiveness and safety/disease surveillance.
Athenahealth Inc. has introduced athenaCoordinator Enterprise, a cloud-based platform to enable hospitals and delivery systems to exchange patient information across settings and disparate information systems. The platform, an enhanced service from the physician software and billing services vendor, does not require upfront capital or the replacement of current information systems.
GetWellNetwork has introduced an ambulatory care version of its patient engagement technology platform used in hospital settings. The ambulatory product is customizable for emergency departments, surgery centers, urgent care centers and physician practices, and integrates with a variety of electronic health records systems. Features, available on stationary or mobile devices, include personalized treatment information and educational videos to help patients participate in their care, and enrollment in an organizations patient portal.
CareInSync, has new enhancements for its Carebook care management platform for providers, payers and community organizations. Version 3.0 includes security software from Samsung to manage use of Android mobile apps on the cloud-based platform, which also supports iOS mobile systems. Another feature offers one-click automation of routine communications between caregivers to identify when a patient is leaving and where the patient is going, and their health risks. CareInSyncs technology collects risk assessment information to stratify patient risk and target care plans. The company presently serves 13 customers across five networks in California and New Jersey. Samsung and the California Healthcare Foundation are significant investors.
Medecision, which has moved beyond its initial payer-oriented information systems to also target providers, has new software enabling physicians to generate an automated preauthorization through their electronic health records system. ABQ Health Partners, a multi-specialty group practice in Albuquerque, N.M., is the first user. The vendor has been repositioning in recent years to better support improved care coordination among clinicians, family caregivers, community services, and care navigators, among others.
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